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The Sacramento Sex Slave Murders: A Literature Review Of The Three Step Sexual Sadism Model As It Fits With The Gerald And Charlene Gallego Case

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Raymond Knight and Judith Simms-Knight came up with a three-path model that helps to explain the development of sexual behaviours and sadism in both adults and juvenile delinquents. The model has two personality traits that define the three paths that lead to sexually violent behavior; physical and/or verbal abuse, and sexual abuse. These personality traits can be separated into three different groups, if accompanied by previous genetic predispositions, A) being sexual drive and preoccupation; B) Antisocial behavior; and C) callousness and unemotionally (Knight & Sims-Knight, 2003). Early childhood physical and or verbal abuse leads to arrogant, deceitfulness, emotional detachment, ...view middle of the document...

Gerald Gallego is a perfect example of a person following the three-path model. His abuse started when he was a child. With an absent father and a prostitute as a mother, he witnessed and was victim of physical and mental abuse growing up. He displayed callous and unemotional behaviour, which then led to hypersexuality through either pornography use or distorted perception. Gerald was also antisocial, keeping to himself without many friends and failed marriages. Along with his distorted perception, this led to sadism. There is also evidence of alcohol use later on, but this is not suspect to have led to his sadism. With this analysis, it is therefore predicted that Gerald followed the model by first being in a physical or verbal abusive household and having genetic predispositions making him callous and unemotional. Distorted perception led to his aggressive sexual fantasies and making him hypersexual. Once combined with rape culture, this led to the sexual sadism diagnosis.

However, as mentioned earlier that he was antisocial, it is not believed that this contributed to the path to sexual sadism. Charlene Gallego is a different case than Gerald. She does not fall into the personality traits that would make her sexually violent. Her submissive personality traits and love for Gerald could have been what made her an accomplice in the sex slave murders. Thus Gerald is the only partner who fits in this model (Knight, 2011).
Female serial killers are most often found within a male and female team as opposed to on their own. This team has become the most common, and the attacks are usually sexual. Female serial killers who act in partnership tend to be “younger, aggressive, vicious in their attacks, and usually unable to carefully plan on their own” (Silvio, McCloskey, & Ramos-Grenier, 2006). As demonstrated in Charlene and Gerald’s attacks, female serial killers tend to attack their victims in public places with the use of weapons. The level of participation by females as to whether they are active or passive participants has been an important question to solve within the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system has developed various explanatory theories based on whether females are often active of passive among these is battered wife syndrome, which is a recognized mental disorder according to the International Classification of Diseases, classified under the DSM 5 as PTSD and depression, and is defined as a cycle of violence...

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